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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
**NOTE: This beer is now called "Brutal IPA" **
It has also been bottled as "Portland State IPA" (2010).

An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor and stupendous hop aroma. Rogue brewmaster John Maier describes his Brutal IPA as a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale. Hedonistic!

8 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

22oz Bottle & Draft / 15° Plato / 46 IBU / 81 AA / 13° Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

truthcontortion, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

brahdeel, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

iguana1010, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Squeezemyhops, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of beertaster13
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a refreshing beer. Pours a nice orange amber with 2 inch thick head that is an off-white cream beauty. The smell is of a nice english butter with toast and a great floral smell that will linger in your thoughts for a lifetime. The taste is a perfect blend of sweet and sour, it is incredible, some beers have it some don't, this beer goes great with shellfish in my opinion, very good and very consistant, if you want a solid esb this is the one

beertaster13, Dec 05, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

RyanCFriedrich, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

prisdefer, Sep 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

chambeam, Apr 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jsh5771, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

mikepcarney, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

daskipper, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of fl0w
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass from bottle.

Orange/copper appearance, inch and a half white head which receded rather quickly, with little lacing.

Wonderful smell, strong fresh hops and a bit of citrus. Wish I had a better glass for this smell, I had my nose in this the whole time, the smell was really that good.

The taste was great, more citrus, maybe grapefruit, giving way to hops. While less bitter then I expected, it did have a great hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. For those put off thinking this is going to be too bitter, it isn't. The bitterness is just right.

Mouthfeel was bready, slightly dry, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

I could definitely drink a few of these, was disappointed I only had 2

fl0w, Apr 02, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

rcatalano, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaging is the standard 22oz silk-screened bomber from Rogue. I like these bottles. The bitter citrusy hop aroma assaulted my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. I poured this out into a standard tumbler pint glass. The body of the beer is a dark, rugged shade of amber, almost leaning towards a brown shade. The body is somewhat lively with carbonation and the head is sticky and leave fat clumps of lace on the glass on the way down. Nice, piney, citrusy nose, backed up solidly by caramelly malts smells. Taking a sip reveals a nice, brutal even, smack of hops across the tongue. Across my palate the hops register mainly as a flat pulsating bitterness that registers thickly with a resinous pine presence. The malts attempt to make their presence known but are quickly slapped back into place. The malts are definitely there but cannot stand up to the assault of the bombastic hops. Hot damn this is a good beer! I love single hopped beers because now I will definitely know when I taste crystal hops. Chalk another one up for Rogue.

FormatKid, Oct 07, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dbauer78, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy amber color with a white head that has nice lacing down the glass. Good piney hop aroma, flavor is nicely balanced with a lively hopped flavor. Very balanced with malt and not overpowering in the hopped flavor. Smooth aftertaste & drinkable! I could drink 3 or 4 without a problem. A very fine ale but not very brutal, I was expecting a little more bracing bitterness.

John1985, May 28, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

elevatedgreens, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JimmyCop, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Real_Diehl, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

boudreaux, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with a very clean, one-finger head that dissipates, with only faint trace trace, over the first few sips.

Smell is quite nice - caramel-apple with a just-right sweetness.

Taste is quite a departure from the smell, with a firm dose of hops adding some grassy elements and a nice bitterness, fading into a biscuit malt flavor on the back end.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy. Overall, this is an exceptionally drinkable offering.

WAP, Dec 31, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jamison85, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

HairyToeKnuckles, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

BrewCaveDweller, Feb 05, 2012
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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